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A PDF version of Gridiron, a Daily sports supplement previewing Iowa State's football game against Kansas State.

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    Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 >> Iowa State vs. Kansas State University >> Kickoff at 11 a.m. >> an Iowa State Daily sports supplement

    Wallys WorldBurnhams blueprint, philosophy built dominant ISU defense

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    2 | GRIDIRON | Iowa State Daily | Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

    Coaching staff

    Photo: Huiling Wu/Iowa State DailyWally Burnham, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, has coached for 48 years, with the last four seasons spent at Iowa State.

    With a hunched back and eyes asymmetrical on his face, one would think 48 years of coaching have taken too much of a toll on Wally Burnham.

    Now in his fourth year at Iowa State, however, Burnham is still go-ing strong as the teams defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Through five games this season, Burnhams defense has given up one fewer yard per play and almost 80 fewer yards per game than the past three seasons combined.

    In some respects, Wally Burnham is a mad man. Thats why his players love him.

    Coach Wally, hes an old school

    coach one of those tough-love coaches but hes willing to help you if youre willing to get better, said junior linebacker Jeremiah George. When you have a coach like that whos passionate, youll do any-thing for him.

    Despite his modest demeanor and appearance very rarely will he be seen not wearing shorts Burnhams resume contains some eye-popping bullet points.

    Burnham served as an assistant to Bobby Bowden, college foot-balls all-time winningest coach, at Florida State from 1985 to 1993. It was there that Burnham helped the Seminoles win a national champion-ship in 1993.

    Burnham builds ISU defenseBy Jake.Calhoun @iowastatedaily.com

    BURNHAM.p10 >>

    Defensive coordinator, linebackers coach (fourth year at Iowa State)

    Alma mater: Samford (1963) Hometown: Pell City, Ala. Experience coaching: 48 years Coached numerous NFL players,

    including Hall-of-Fame defensive back Deion Sanders, perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks

    Served as an assistant coach to Bobby Bowden at Florida State from 1985 to 1993 (Won a national championship in 1993)

    Served as the defensive coordina-tor at South Carolina (1994-98) and South Florida (2001-08) before coming to Iowa State

    Wally Burnham

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    Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | Iowa State Daily | GRIDIRON | 3

    Location: Manhattan, Kan.

    Type: Public Founded: 1863 Enrollment: 24,378 Student-to-faculty ratio:

    19-to-1

    Nickname: Wildcats Mascot: Willie the

    Wildcat

    The Wildcats play at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which seats 50,000.

    The schools town of Manhattan, Kan., is nicknamed The Little Apple in reference to Manhattan, N.Y., which is known as The Big Apple.

    Kansas State has 14 varsity sports. Unique among them are the exclusive womens sports of equestrian and rowing.

    Legendary golfer Tiger

    Woods father, Earl, played baseball at Kansas State and was the first African-American baseball player in the Big Seven in 1952.

    Famous alumni include actress Kirstie Alley, en-vironmental activist Erin Brokovich, chief White House photographer Pete Souza and comedian Eddie Griffin.

    Kansas State was an orig-inal member of the Big Eight before it became the Big 12 in 1996.

    Coach Bill Snyder has turned the program

    around in his 20 years there, posting the schools first-ever bowl victory in 1993 with its first and only BCS bowl appearance coming 10 years later.

    Snyders overall record is 163-83-1, which is almost 34 percent of the programs total wins.

    While Kansas State trails Iowa State 49-42-4 in the rivalry between the two, Snyder is 16-4 against the Cyclones. His last loss to Iowa State came in 2005.

    A common rallying cry (and hashtag) of unity for K-State fans is EMAW, which stands for Every Man A Wildcat.

    Kansas States main rival is Kansas. The two face each other every year in the Sunflower Showdown, which Kansas leads all time 64-41-5.

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    4 | GRIDIRON | Iowa State Daily | Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

    No. 6 Kansas State at Iowa State Iowa vs. Michigan State

    No. 13 Texas vs. No. 15 Oklahoma (in Dallas)

    No. 17 Stanford vs. No. 7 Notre Dame

    No. 10 Oregon State vs. BYU

    No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 9 LSUTCU vs. Baylor

    PICKSIowa State This will be the year Iowa State finally gets over the hump in Farmageddon. Plus Bill Snyder is really old.

    Kansas State Unfortunately for CyclONE Nation, I believe Collin Klein and co. will bring Iowa State back down to earth.

    Iowa State Every year the Wildcats seem to slip past the Cyclones. Now Iowa State finally gets them at Jack Trice.

    Iowa State Paul Rhoads said this was his best team hes had so far. Theyll need to be to beat the Snydercats.

    Iowa State ISU is on a roll with a win over TCU on the road. The Cyclones are ready for a home victory over a ranked team.

    Michigan State The Big Ten has so much derp in it this year I honestly cant take it anymore.

    Michigan State Too much defense from Michigan State. Theyll have what they need to stop Weisman.

    Michigan State Its hard to predict any Big Ten game, but I once thought Michigan State was one of its top teams.

    Iowa With all the off-field troubles, I wouldnt be surprised if Ferentz locks Weisman in a room for the entire week.

    Iowa Iowa will be rested after a bye week and ready to beat the Spartans.

    Oklahoma The only other thing happening at the Texas State Fair is the fistfighting over whose belt buckle is bigger.

    Texas David Ash is un-derrated and the Sooners are struggling mightily.

    Texas Hook em Horns. The Longhorns do what UTEP couldnt for the state of Texas and beat the Sooners.

    Oklahoma Even 26,000 square feet of high-def Longhorn Network isnt going to be enough for the Longhorns.

    Texas Texas will re-bound following the loss to West Virginia.

    Notre Dame Lou Holtz would beat the living sap out of the Stanford tree in a boxing match.

    Notre Dame Manti Teo is the next big thing. The Golden Domes will keep working their way into BCS contention.

    Notre Dame For the first time in awhile, the Irish might live up to their expectations.

    Notre Dame No Luck for Stanford in this one. In more ways than one.

    Stanford

    Oregon State Katherine wouldnt let me make the joke I wanted to. It was funny. Really funny. You know why.

    Oregon State Oregon State is incredibly battle-tested. I dont think Jimmer plays quarterback anymore does he?

    Oregon State Ive seen one BYU game this sea-son, and it was painful.

    BYU Beavers vs. Cougars. When you see it...

    Oregon State

    South Carolina Wally Burnham coached at South Carolina, and this is Wallys World after all. #wallysworld

    South Carolina The Old Ball Coach has got one heck of a ball club. Potential national title contender.

    South Carolina The Gamecocks took down the Bulldogs last week and continue their roll with the Tigers this week.

    LSU What a neat game this will be!

    South Carolina

    Baylor TCUs woes will continue to be exploited as Casey Pachall begins focusing on his pottery (rehab).

    Baylor No Casey Pachall, no leader. Baylor has a lot of underrated firepower.

    Baylor After owning the nations longest win-ning streak last week, a losing streak starts with th